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December 2017
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Dear colleague,

With this last Newsletter of the year I would like to wish you a merry Christmas on behalf of the FECAVA team!
Give yourself a last-minute treat (or make your first resolution), either by registering now for the EuroCongress in Tallinn or by giving yourself a T-shirt for the good cause! Or why not sign up for an exchange this year?
Whatever you do, enjoy this newsletter - and let us know how we can improve!

with best wishes for 2018 on behalf of FECAVA,
Let it snow!

Karin (Editor)

Free T-shirt design

In response to popular demand, FECAVA has decided to make its T-shirt design freely available to all! The design helps drawing attention to the compromised welfare of many brachycephalic dogs (read more about FECAVA's actions here). It can be transferred to T-shirts, sweatshirts and banners of all colours and sizes. In return please post the result on Facebook!
Please contact the FECAVA office to receive the free template.

President's message

FECAVA has started a video campaign to promote the forthcoming FECAVA EuroCongress in Tallinn. Wolfgang Dohne, FECAVA president, gives the example here and calls upon all FECAVA Directors to send similar videos from their location! See Stein's and Gizem's examples below.

Luigi Venco joins vector-borne diseases WG

The FECAVA working group on canine vector-borne diseases (CVBD) announced that Luigi Venco, president of the European Society of Dirofilariosis and Angiostrongylosis (ESDA), has accepted to participate. ‘We are delighted that he has joined us, said Nenad Milojkovic, chair of the CVBD working group. ‘As a ECVP diplomate he is very familiar with canine vector borne diseases, and his contributions are highly valued’.

Tess Kommedal on WSAVA welfare committee

Norwegian veterinarian Tess Kommedal has been elected co-chair of the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare (AWWC) Committee, replacing Shane Ryan. Tess is a small animal veterinarian from Stavanger, Norway, and will co-chair with Melinda Merck.

Michael Day elected to WSAVA board

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced that professor Michael J Day BSc BVMS (Hons) PhD DSc DiplECVP FASM FRCPath FRCVS has been elected to the WSAVA Executive Board.
FECAVA 2018 - Norwegian Greetings

Greetings from Norway

A Nordic invitation to attend the FECAVA EuroCongress 2018 comes from Norwegian FECAVA director Stein Dahl.
From snowy Norway he invites you to sign up for the EuroCongress in Tallinn next June.
Register now and get the Early Bird Discount!
FECAVA 2018   Greetings from Turkey

Greetings from Istanbul

From warmer climes, an invitation to attend the FECAVA EuroCongress 2018 comes from Gizem Taktak, FECAVA Director for Turkey.
From sunny Istanbul she invites you to join her in Tallinn for the upcoming FECAVA EuroCongress (and for some crazy dancing!).
Register now for the Early Bird Discount!

Responsible use: ‘Vets are doing a good job’

Representatives of the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA), including Rens van Dobbenburgh (chair) and Danny Holmes (FECAVA) met with Françoise Grossetête MEP...

WSAVA spotlight on Käthi Brunner

Käthi Brunner, FECAVA Director for Switzerland, is highlighted in this month's 'inside WSAVA' news: she is the representative of the Swiss Small Animal Veterinary Association (SVK) and chair of the WSAVA Leadership and Nomination Committee.

Animal abuse:
Dutch centre of expertise

Since 22 November, the Dutch national centre of expertise on animal abuse (LED), based at the veterinary faculty of Utrecht, the Netherlands, provides specialist support to veterinarians regarding the identification of animal abuse. In case of suspicion, veterinary practitioners can submit data safely and anonymously, which will be analysed by veterinary and forensic specialists, to help rule out medical conditions, accidents and self-inflicted injury.
read more
Latvian colleague Ilze Matise tells her story on TEDx. As a veterinary pathologist and researcher, Ilze never expected to find herself at the centre of a scandal. What began as a professional investigation triggered by an outbreak of a deadly dog disease, developed into a tangled mess of vested interests and politics...

Balkan orthopaedic group 1 year old

Congratulations to the Veterinary and Orthopedic & Neurologic Group (VOG) who has just celebrated its first birthday! Based in Slovenia,VOG has many members in the Balkans and beyond, and aims to promote the orthopaedic and traumatological education of veterinarians and to stimulate research in this field.

Blood bank in Bulgaria

Hemolife, the first Bulgarian dog blood bank was opened last month. Hemolife is a charity whose products and services are available to all veterinary practitioners in Bulgaria.
Blood is collected from donors at organized meetings in Bulgaria and is then processed into red blood cells and plasma products at its plant in Varna.

Pack your bags and go!

The FECAVA Travel Scholarship is now open for applications. The initiative enables two groups of companion animal practitioners from different parts of Europe to visit each other for a few days to observe practice life and, if possible, a CPD event. Apply before 15 April 2018.
The scholarship is made possible through the generous support of LABOKLIN.

Puppy smuggling report published

'The illegal trade springs from abuses of EU pet movement legislation and differences in pet welfare standards and prices across the Union, and can only be addressed through a coordinated EU-wide approach', according to Dog's Trust, whose third puppy smuggling report was published last month. It recommends  among others that ‘the European Commission should draw up an action plan to tackle the illegal trade in companion animals across the EU, which should involve the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States, including agencies and border and veterinary authorities.’

FECAVA interview in Belgium

At the SAVAB autumn meeting on 9 December, FECAVA past president Monique Megens (at left) gave an interview to Belgian journalist Annick Hus. Topics included puppy trade, brachycephalic dogs and animal welfare in general.

Vets in Europe: Helle

Helle Johansen, Danish FECAVA director is a familiar face to all who attended the congress in Copenhagen. Find out more about our Danish colleague and her association in this paper, brought to you in collaboration with BSAVA's Companion.

UK: veterinary homeopathy banned

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has issued a position statement on the veterinary use of complementary and alternative medicines, homeopathy in particular. 'Homeopathy exists without a recognised body of evidence for its use (and) is not based on sound scientific principles.'

Homeopathy: trick or treat?

 
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Tallinn: ATF Accreditation

The 24th FECAVA EuroCongress 2018 has now received its accreditation from the Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung (ATF). Attendance of the whole congress represents 18 qualifying ATF hours plus 6 hours for each workshop.
Register before 31st December to benefit from the reduced Early Bird registration fee!
Book review

By Nancy De Briyne, Belgium
Is it right or wrong to keep cats indoors for life? Should we routinely neuter female cats – even if they do not leave the house? These are the sort of questions this book ‘Companion animal ethics’ tries to answer.
The uniqueness of the book is that it takes as a basis common ethical questions and disagreements around living and treating pets. The book starts with a historical and cultural overview of how the role of pets has changed over the years, to their current position in which they often are treated as family members. It also touches briefly on the principles of animal ethics. But most interestingly...

 
Open Access Papers
Below you find a selection of recent open access papers
that may be of interest to you
Kenneled dogs: separate or in pairs?
Evaluating pair versus solitary housing in kennelled domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) using behaviour and hair cortisol: a pilot study
Veterinary Record Open (2017) 4: e000193. doi: 10.1136
The welfare of therapy dogs
Current Perspectives on Therapy Dog Welfare in Animal-Assisted Interventions
Animals 2017, 7(2), 7;
doi: 10.3390/ani7020007
The link between FCV and stomatitis
Relationship between Feline calicivirus Load, Oral Lesions, and Outcome in Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis (Caudal Stomatitis): Retrospective Study in 104 Cats
Front Vet Sci, 05 Dec 2017 doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00209
Dog metabolism: when size matters
Metabolic Differences between Dogs of Different Body Sizes
J Nutr Metab (2017);
doi:10.1155/2017/4535710
Management of canine heart failure
Review of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach to Canine Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease
Vet Sci 2017, 4(4), 47; doi: 10.3390/vetsci4040047
Heartworm and the benefit of doxycyline
Clinical benefits of incorporating doxycycline into a canine heartworm treatment protocol
Parasites & Vectors 2017; 10 (Suppl 2):515
doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2446-4
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